A little dancer, taking in the world July 30

NGV #cockfest: Degas – A New Vision

If you were to call the National Gallery of Victoria a large, expensive, state funded #cockfest, you couldn’t be called out as a vicious, attack dog, tall poppy trimming, black widow spider of a whining woman. You could more reasonably describe yourself as a social realist.  The State of Victoria is formed from land stolen […]

Anna Schwartz likes to keep her eye on me July 20

Me and Morry: My Pretend Affair with a Publishing Legend

I’m having an affair with Morry Schwartz. A Pretend Affair. The project explores the tenuous links, the under-explored nether regions that straddle conceptual art and stalking. Part of a trilogy about power, this third, and final instalment follows previous stalking operations performed on Maurizio Cattelan 1999, and Jacques Derrida 1998. I call the work The […]

Alex Bhathal for Batman, with partner Peter and sons Patrick and Ravi July 05

Politics: It’s child’s play

It’s a great job explaining politics to your kid and, in turn, having your kid explain politics to you. Maxine has just turned 12 and is showing an increasing interest in politics this election. She’s highly opinionated; once her mind is made up, she’s difficult to sway. Stubborn even. In general terms, Maxine believes that […]

SEZZO, twerking masterclass June 15

New Kids On The Block: Next Wave Festival

Watching Orlando (1992), directed by Sally Potter, on Netflix. Quentin Crisp playing Queen Elizabeth I, all done up in her Sunday best, says to Tilda Swinton, playing the young man Orlando: ‘Come. Your handsome leg. For you and for your heirs Orlando, a house. But on one condition. Do not fade. Do not wither. Do […]

Adam Cruickshank, cut off composition May 20

Art Words: Melbourne Art Book Fair

Maxine told me on New Year’s Day that I need a new hobby. Other than art: “Look”, she said: “I like art too Mum, it’s just that I don’t feel like I need to talk about it allllll day.” Heeding the advice of the child and knowing she knows me better than I know myself, […]

Teen angst May 03

Controversy Sells: The Representation of Girls and Women in Art and Culture

In an art world overflowing with unhealthy relationships, the old guy photographer and the hot, young, eager, barely legal female model is a tried and tested formula. It’s a look that ain’t going out of style yet. The photographer can always find an audience, a market, a home, a collection, a retrospective, a publisher for […]

Stefan and Sangeeta, trippin' April 04

20th Biennale of Sydney

 Melbourne had a Biennale once, back in 1999, before you were born. Curator Julianna Engberg called it Signs of Life. But it died. Reputedly went three times over budget it did and Melbourne University (who had underwritten it) decided they weren’t rich enough to go into the red for culture, so they canned it. A […]

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